How to Clone HDD to 250GB/500GB SSD Without Reinstalling

Brithny updated on Jun 04, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

With the popularity and improved performance of SSD (Solid State Drive), an increasing number of users are thinking about upgrading their HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to SSD. Compared with HDD, SSD enjoys some noticeable benefits, making it better performed.

clone hdd to smaller ssd

  • Much faster
  • More durable
  • More efficient
  • Easier to carry

Based on these advantages, many users want to upgrade their system disk from HDD to SSD or clone their data drive to an SSD in order to work more effectively. However, since HDD is larger than common SSD, one confusion arises: is it possible to clone HDD to smaller SSD

EaseUS Partition Master - Your optimal choice to clone a hard drive, from a larger HDD to smaller SSD

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Can I Clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD or Even Smaller? Like 250GB

"I plan on buying a Samsung SSD of around 250~500GB to replace the HDD system drive. The old HDD is 1TB, which is surely bigger than the new SSD. Can I use any disk cloning software to migrate Windows installation, programs, and files from a 1TB HDD to a smaller SSD?"

Yes, the answer is positive. You may have heard of many qualified HDD to SSD cloning software on the market, for example, EaseUS Partition Master, Macrium Reflect, Clonezilla, Samsung HDD to SSD cloning software, SanDisk SSD cloning software, etc. But which is the most capable to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD then?

Generally, whether the HDD contains the Windows OS or not, as long as the used space on the HDD is less than the total space of the SSD, you can clone an HDD to a smaller SSD as the below image demonstrates.

clone hdd to smaller ssd

Regarding the ease of use, success rate, and the ability to clear up useless files on HDD, migrate OS to HDD/SSD, clone a disk or partition, we highly recommend you choose a professional partition tool, like EaseUS Partition Master. Besides the HDD to SSD clone, you can enjoy many more useful features as follows.

  • Clone and resize hard drive: Adjust the partition size and layout before executing the final clone procedure.
  • Manage disk partitions: Resize (shrink or extend) a partition, merge partitions, format partitions
  • Convert disk/partitions: Convert MBR to GPT and vice versa, convert basic disk to dynamic disk and vice versa, interconvert primary partition and logical partition...
  • Check partition errors: Solve the problem of cloning a hard drive takes forever by checking disk errors and perform an instant repair.

Download the EaseUS HDD to SSD cloning software and then follow the guide below to clone your HDD to a smaller SSD immediately.

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Guide: How to Clone an HDD to Smaller SSD

To ensure you can clone the HDD to SSD without any data loss, before the start, you need to go over the essential factors to successfully clone a 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD, or 500GB SSD to 250GB SSD.

  • The total space of the SSD is larger than the used space on the HDD
  • Back up the existing files on the SSD since the disk clone process will erase the data on your SSD

Take one more step to clean up the hard drive, removing some useless junk files, and extremely large files from the HDD before doing the clone. This will significantly reduce the used space on the HDD.

Now take the simple steps to clone your 1TB HDD to a 500GB or 250GB SSD without data loss:


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

confirm to continue the cloning process

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Adjust disk layout

Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.

If you want to migrate OS from an HDD to SSD, you can use the "Migrate OS" feature in EaseUS Partition Master to get things done. 

The Bottom Line

When you want to clone an HDD to an SSD, the first thing you need to check is how much space is used on the source disk and how much the total space is in the target disk. That decides whether you can clone an HDD to a smaller SSD without data loss. Then you need to find a reliable partition manager that can help you complete the cloning process effectively. Hope you can get your needs met by following this article.

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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